The state and centre will work together to prevent the overloading which causes severe accidents on National Highways. Following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s campaign on road safety, ‘Safe drive,
Save life’, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday said, the Transport department will work with National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to curb overloading.
“We’ll build check posts in every toll plaza. The joint monitoring will be done with NHAI. We will not tolerate any overloading and rash driving there,” said Adhikari.
State transport department held a meeting with NHAI on August 8 where they decided to work together to limit overloaded truck plying on the National Highways. “We have already set up two check posts at Burdwan and Behrampore. Some 6 to 7 check posts will be build soon in different areas of National Highways. But it is not only the overloading that causes mishaps on the roads.”
“The drunk drivers, against whom we are taking stringent steps, are also responsible for terrible mishaps,” the minister added. He said that the speed governor which will be used to check the speed of rushing vehicles will be installed in most of the state and National Highways soon. The work of installing the speed governor is expected to be completed by November end.
“We’ll ready the road safety infrastructure soon. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed us to ensure maximum road safety for passengers, pedestrians and vehicle drivers. We are working on it,” Adhikari said.
According to NHAI, the overloading in the goods vehicles is a menace and matter of serious concern. A substantial number of the road accident occurs only because of overloading. It causes huge damage and destruction. The damage and destruction of roads call for frequent repairing inflicting burden on state exchequer. The district and Kolkata police are equipped with motor vehicle acts to lodge cases against the offenders of the overloading.
The NHAI officers, state transport department officer including officers of Bengal State Transport Corporation held some meetings to fix how they would work together.
Lina Nandan, a secretary of ministry of road transport and highway was also present in Tuesday’s programme along with state transport secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay.